Zoe Saldana and Michael Rooker Talk Guardians of the Galaxy

Next year, Marvel Studios will venture into unexplored territory with a brand new film franchise staring the unlikely group called Guardians of the Galaxy. Fans have been very anxious to see anything from the upcoming film, and because it’s exploring new territory, we still don’t know what to expect. Speaking with MTV, Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in the film, says not only will the film’s setting (space) be relatively new, but overall it will be a different experience.

“A new way to view superheroes. I mean I love sometimes the consistency of what the classics have left behind, but I need innovation, and you can only have so much of ‘I’ll save you!’ after a while it’s like ‘Oh god, does he go to the bathroom? Is he hungry? Does he cry? Does he feel?’ Not only do we cover that, we’re making heroes after thieves and they’re Robin Hoods and I love that because I’m an underdog. I always like the longer route, the hardest route, because that’s the only one that’s going to teach you great lessons in life and these characters are absolutely amazing and they have a full blown redemption. So to be able to sink your teeth into such meaty characters and to be a part of such a story that is very unique and obviously has everything that I love: it has space, it has a cooky director, it literally has just cojones. It has amazing actors that you would have never thought to put them all together and somehow we’re all here, giving 150% and loving the story that we’re doing.

“It’s gonna be very (good) – I hope, I never like to shoot myself in the foot to seem that confident that I may come across as arrogant, but I’m rooting for it, a great deal because it was amazing. What we shot and we left on the screen there were pretty amazing things and I have a feeling that James is going to capture them very beautifully. I’m happy to have worked with someone like James, because not everyday do you meet somebody that is absolutely who they are and you cannot compare them to anybody else. There’s only going to be one James Gunn and I like that.”

Meanwhile over at Total Film, Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in the film, said:

“There’s hope in this character, but the stuff going on… I can’t talk about it but… it’s challenging.  You have to forget that you have all these issues like three hour make-up and stuff… once you get that stuff on you have your own down time. You forget you have it on. You just play the role and you have great time doing it.”

When asked if his character had any special powers or abilities in the film, Rooker replied: 

“I don’t think I’m at liberty to discuss any powers of any sort… Y’know, most of the roles I play, just by it being who I am – normally they’re somewhat formidable individuals. That’s just sort of my look and my build. So we utilise that in almost everything I’ve done, and it’s the same in Guardians.”

Guardians of the Galaxy features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. The August 1, 2014 release stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Honsou, Gregg Henry, Glenn Close and John C. Reilly.